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HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE COMPETITIVE

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HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE COMPETITIVE

In a growing market there is also increasing competition.

If there are many apartments advertised in a destination, the value of bookings changes: there will be increasingly more owners interested in increasing their number of bookings, and this often leads to price declines and / or specific offers, especially in periods of low occupancy.

The economic situation in recent years does not help either: more and more customers are choosing a property or even a destination for their attractive prices. To be more competitive, you must review how the apartment is ranked in the market and look into how you could improve your visibility.

On many sites, it is possible to sort the results by price: is the fastest way to see how an apartment is ranked. While deciding your pricing, you must consider the following factors: – Number of rooms – Capacity of apartment – Location – Proximity to public transport – Services offered – Availability.

Deciding which prices to set in a given period of time is the result of the comparison of the above with other apartments in the same destination. Apply discounts or raise the price of your apartment. 

For periods of low occupancy or to fill gaps in a short period of time, you can use discounts and, above all, Last-minute deals. But it is important to note that prices do not necessarily have to be lowered at all times: an owner has to know what the peak seasons are and if there are special events in their destination.

You can also create many seasons: This will help you when you need to adjust prices for specific dates.

Source: Only Apartments

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The importance of Internet in your apartment

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The importance of Internet in your apartment

Although it seems that vacations are meant to disconnect people from their current surroundings , the reality is that few people have this opportunity 100% of the time. Rather than simply wanting the  internet, many travelers, today, often NEED the internet during their vacations.

But what is “many travelers?”

Here you have the numbers. At Only-apartments, we have counted the number of clicks that are obtained through each filter on our website:

The result demonstrates the importance of having internet in your apartment. All the clicks that we receive through filtering, 25% is responsible for internet. Therefore, if you do not have internet, it is very possible that your apartment is automatically disregarded.

Due to seasonality, terraces and air conditioning have also been highly sought after. This data has been taken from all the searches done in the months of March and April 2014, when travellers are searching for apartments for summer vacation.

Source: Blog Only Apartments

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The kitchen that will captivate your guests

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The kitchen that will captivate your guests

The terrace, views, location, decorations… these are many strong points of your apartment, however the kitchen remains, without a doubt, an important place. A well equipped kitchen will allow guests to save on costly dinners at restaurants and take full advantage of the apartment. We have interviewed Mario Bussi, who has dedicated his life to restoration. Today Mario is the proud owner of a loft in the birthplace of the Renaissance: Florence, Tuscany. 

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU… HOW DID YOU BEGIN YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A HOST?

I was first approached by some friends of mine that had been working as host. They were the ones that were able to convince me. They thought that an apartment so particular as mine would have great success. And so it was… I am very happy with the result and above all the success I have had with people from around the world.  

WE HAVE SEEN THAT YOUR APARTMENT HAS A VERY INTERESTING KITCHEN THAT SEEMS TO HIDE A PARTICULAR HISTORY. DO YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US?

Of course, I would be happy to… it all began when I was a young man fascinated with the world of restoration. Little by little I began managing various restaurants in Italy, until I arrived in Florence. I fell in love with the city, stayed here and opened a restaurant in the city center. My life has always been in the kitchen; the restaurant was my home during the decades, a second home. And so when that chapter of my life closed, I decided to take a piece of my history and connect it with my home life. I wanted to take the kitchen and bring the essence of my history home. This is why the kitchen is how it is today.    

THERE IS NO ONE BETTER TO TELL YOU WHICH ALLOCATIONS YOU SHOULD NOT MISS IN A WELL EQUIPPED KITCHEN…

You must not miss the basic kitchen appliances: pots, pans, beautiful plates, an oven or a microwave… Remember, each plate needs the appropriate utensils! Additionally, you can not forget the moment that comes before or after the dinner… without a doubt you can not miss a glass of good savory wine. Lastly, when people are on vacation, a dishwasher is a necessity! 

ARE YOUR GUESTS UTILIZING YOUR FULL APARTMENT? 

Many of my guests organize dinner with their friends during vacation; to sit and eat together is the best way to share experiences! Many of them tell me that they love the atmosphere they feel here… without a doubt, a family environment is more comfortable and cozy. 

DO YOU KNOW HOW A GOOD EQUIPPED KITCHEN CAN AFFECT RESERVATIONS?

I think, in today´s society, the passion for good food is very strong. Considering that dinner out is expensive, a well equipped space is very comfortable and economical for travelers. The clients prefer to rest a little, sit and eat in their apartment; getting out the best of their reservation! 

WHAT IS THE SECRET TO OBTAINING A SPACE EQUIPPED WITHOUT CHAOS OR DISORDER?

In many years of restoration, I have learned that there is often no time to search. For this reason, it is essential that everything is close to hand, ready to be utilized. Order is fundamental, any chef can attest to this… I think my kitchen reflects what I have lived and breathed throughout the decades: it is a comfortable space, where each object is located in its proper place. 

Source: Blog Only Apartments

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